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I don’t know what your mission and life goals are, but to me, it’s unacceptable that in today’s digital age with so many possibilities and access to information, people, programs, mentors and whatnot, only 5-10% of people achieve what they say they want to do.

Why is that?

Why do some people achieve their goals while others struggle? And what do they do differently from those who don’t achieve their goals?

Having worked with thousands of people in addition to studying successful people, I’m starting to narrow this thing down. Of course, this isn’t a scientific, double-blind, placebo kind of study so keep that in mind. These are just my observations and personal experiences.

People who achieve their goals:

1. Know how they want their life to look and why.
They spend time asking themselves what they want their life to look like in 3 years, in 5 years, 10 years and even 25 years. Most people only spend time figuring out how they want their vacation to look like, not their life. Knowing the answers to this big question doesn’t just land on your head. It requires you to spend time figuring that out.

2. Write down and review their goals.
Writing down goals and reviewing them is key. Many studies show a huge advantage of writing down your goals vs. trying to keep them in your head. The human brain likes to work as little as possible and will forget things that are not on top of our minds. Hence why reviewing goals even on a weekly basis is key.

3. Figure out how to achieve what they want.
Too many people say they want something but then don’t take action because they may not know how and let that stop them instead of figuring it out. We didn’t know how to go to the moon when that goal was announced but it only took 8 years to figure it out. That was long before the internet, crowdsourcing and looking things up on Google!

4. Are persistent, consistent and don’t give up.
They know that ease and comfort don’t go hand in hand with achieving ANY goals. They know it takes time, hard work and sticking to it. They expect challenges, and obstacles and know it’s up to them to make things happen. They also know that things don’t happen overnight and that all those small steps forward add up.

5. Surround themselves with those that support and can help their vision.
Having the right people supporting you is tremendously helpful. They seek out people, coaches, mentors, and masterminds. They limit exposure to those that are negative nancies. They know it takes a network of people to go to their personal moon.

6. They work on their mindset.
They know how important believing in themselves is and how essential the mind, beliefs, habits and self-talk are to success. They make sure to create habits that support their way to success. Henry Ford was spot on when he said: “Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.”

With incredible access to information, people and digital support, today there are ZERO excuses not to live the kind of life you want to live. Of course, you do need to know what kind of life you want to live. It all starts there.

What is holding you back from achieving your goals?

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